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March 15, 2017

Today we celebrate:

True Confessions - This is all about having a day for honesty. Confess your secrets to your friends/family. Clear the air and start fresh. It may make for some difficult conversations, but most of you will feel much better afterward.

National Pears Helene Day – This dish consists of pears poached in sugar syrup, topped with ice cream and chocolate syrup. It was created in 1864 by Auguste Escoffier and named after an operetta by Jacques Offenbach.

World Consumer Rights Day – This day is about raising awareness of consumer rights around the world. It is celebrated today because it was on this day in 1962 that President John F. Kennedy gave a speech to the U.S. Congress during which he talked about consumer rights. This is significant because he was the first world leader to EVER publicly raise the subject. The theme this year is “Healthy Diets”. The organizers, Consumers International, plan to focus awareness on this issue because of the numerous difficulties that consumers face in choosing healthy foods to eat.

National Everything You Think Is Wrong Day – Whatever it is that you think you know, think again, because you are wrong, wrong, wrong. Then, if knowing that convinces you to change your thinking so you won't be wrong, you're wrong again. I am accustomed to this way of thinking because in my house, I’m always wrong, even when I’m right.

National Peanut Lovers Day – A few weeks ago we celebrated a day for peanut butter. Well, forget the butter part because's all about the nuts. A lot of people have allergies to peanuts and so can be forgiven if they decide to skip this celebration. The rest of you, enjoy. Nuts are a good source of protein although they are also high calorie so a small handful is sufficient.

World Contact Day – This is a day that has been celebrated since 1953. it was created by the International Flying Saucer Bureau and we are all supposed to do our best to send a telepathic message into space today. I am not making this up. I really found this out. They even have a Facebook page. The theory is that if enough people focus on a single message, it will transmit through space and find some aliens.

International Day Against Police Brutality – Begun in Canada in 1997, this is a day for people all over the world to fight back against police brutality and invasion into our lives. There will be demonstrations in various locations around the world to protest “against the continued encroachment of surveillance systems, overzealous security guards, and the increasingly invasive police presence...”

Ides Of March – Prior to the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Ides of March was a festival dedicated to Anna Perenna, the sister of some tragic Carthaginian queen named Dido. Unfortunately, for Anna and for Julius, on this day in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated and now everyone has forgotten poor Anna and instead is intent on heeding the advice to beware the Ides of March, which Caesar ignored to his detriment.

National Brutus Day - Going right along with the Ides of March theme, this is a day to be aware that the backstabbing, unfaithfulness associated with Brutus and Julius Caesar still goes on today. We don’t often see people actually die from it, but that doesn’t mean that everything is love and roses in our politics. Watch your back, keep your friends close and your enemies closer so you can watch what they are doing.

Buzzards Day – Celebrated in Hinkley, Ohio, on this day every year the turkey vultures return from wherever they go in the winter time. Spring is arriving. Apparently lots of tourists descend upon the area to watch the vultures or buzzards, as they are sometimes known, return.

Dumbstruck Day – Did you ever have a day when you just wanted to whap yourself on the forehead? Well, get ready, today is going to be one of those days.

Kick Butts Day – Some of my karate friends are going to see this and say, “YES!” But read on my friends because we are talking about a different kind of 'butt'. Today is a day for fighting against the Tobacco industry, encouraging kids to not pick up the tobacco habit, and raising awareness about the health concerns related to tobacco. There are more than a thousand events of different kinds with this goal in mind scheduled around the world today.

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